Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Library of Congress to Put "African American Odyssey" on Display

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Library of Congress to Put "African American Odyssey" on Display

Article excerpt

WASHINGTON - An exhibit comprised of items from the nation's largest collection of materials relating to African American history and culture will go on display next year at the Library of Congress.

Based on a book-edited by Dr. Debra Newman Ham, The African American Mosaic: A Library of Congress Guide for the Study of Black History and Culture, "African American Odyssey" documents the Black quest for full citizenship with materials from the library's collection. It will open here on February 8, 1998, but those who can't get to the nation's capital will be able to view the exhibit online.

"The Library [of Congress] has eagerly sought African American materials for more than a century," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington in a statement released by the library. "Its holdings encompass not only books, but also manuscripts relating to Black individuals and institutions, musical recordings form the world's largest jazz collection, the fullest surviving collection of films from the early Black film industry, as well as photographs, prints, maps, folklife, and oral histories.

"These collections demonstrate the tenacity of Americans of all colors and races in believing that this nation guarantees 'liberty and freedom for all.'"

Ham, who is now a professor of history at Morgan State University, is the main curator of the exhibit, which grew out of her work at the Library of Congress from 1986 to 1995. She said that she and other experts from each of the library's sections, such as music, documents, and so forth, would meet regularly to pool their materials relating to the African American experience, beginning with the period of slavery and working up to the civil rights era. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.